Date: 10/5/17 2:35 pm
From: Ron Klataske <prairie...>
Subject: Nature Appreciation Tour on Property south of Junction City Sunday afternoon
To: Birders, Nature Enthusiasts and Folks attending this weekends KOS
Meeting

Please find below a Sunday afternoon opportunity to extend your outdoor
experiences following the KOS meeting in Junction City. This release
includes an invitation from Gary and Carolyn Haden to tour their property
south of Junction City and east of Highway 77 in Morris County. A BBQ
sandwich lunch is available for folks who arrive around 1 p.m. Others can
come just to enjoy the camaraderie, join in the guided tour, or hike the
3/4 mile long walking/nature tail within the timber along Clarks Creek that
Gary has created. More details are available on request. --Ron

Manhattan--Audubon of Kansas (AOK) leaders have scheduled a second farm
tour to highlight "wildlife friendly" practices available through USDA
assistance programs, and to highlight an AOK initiative designed to make it
possible for some landowners to preserve the ecological values of their
property in perpetuity.

The "open house" gathering will be held on farmland owned by Gary and
Carolyn Haden of Manhattan from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 8. It will
include lunch, followed by presentations and discussions, and walking tours
on trails for those who want to see the property. AOK is working with the
Hadens to develop a wildlife-friendly farm on their two properties located
along Clarks Creek west and southwest of Latimer, Kansas, in western Morris
County. Some of the Hadens' 285 acres have been in Carolyn (Kendall)
Haden's family since 1858.

Anyone interested in learning more about the endowment program or in
learning about creating wildlife-friendly features or general conservation
practices is encouraged to attend the field demonstration event at the
Hadens. Their properties include CRP plots and quail buffer strips and a
pond where the cattle have been excluded in order to improve the water
quality of the pond itself and of Clarks Creek. Their land also includes an
11-acre prairie that has never been plowed and a native rangeland pasture
of nearly 100 acres that is grazed.
The field day at the Hadens' property will commence with lunch at 1 p.m. on
Sunday, October 8th. Those wishing to be guaranteed a lunch should RSVP by
Thursday, October 5. Tours will take place between 2 and 4 p.m. The smoked
pork lunches will be sponsored by three Kansas native grass and forb seed
companies: F*eyh Farm Seed, *Alma*; Sharp Bros. Seed, *Healy;and* Star Seed*,
Osborne. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for lunch and
presentations, and shoes suitable for trail walking are recommended. AOK
trustees and staff will be present until 5 p.m. at both locations to
accommodate late arrivals.
Attendees will have an opportunity to view six different filters strips at
two different stages of maturity. The effects of no burning and early and
late burning can also be observed. There will also be the opportunity to
view the watering system developed to keep cattle out of their pond. Those
interested can walk the nature trail independently or with a guide.
Individuals should begin their visit at the Hadens' property alongside Highway
4 (2876 <https://maps.google.com/?q=Highway+4+(2876&entry=gmail&source=g> West
KS Hwy 4). The property is three miles southwest of Latimer for those
traveling west on Highway 4 or six miles east of the junction of Highways
77 and 4 for those traveling east on Highway 4.
"We are excited about the prospect of our property being maintained in its
current state in perpetuity through AOK's developing program," Gary Haden
said. "We would like to know that in the future visitors will be able to
enjoy the massive bur oaks that may have been growing since the Civil War,"
he said.
--
Ron Klataske
Executive Director
Audubon of Kansas
210 Southwind Place
Manhattan KS 66503
785-537-4385
<prairie...>

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